Self-care is important at all times of year, but with the start of the new year there’s a sense of rejuvenation and improvement. I wanted to put together some of the things that I do that can help you relax, help your outlook on life, help you feel put together, or even just help to serve as a reminder that the world isn’t completely terrible. So read through the list below and jot down some ideas for your own use!
Or more broadly, skincare. There is something explainable about the feeling of putting on a cool face mask and knowing that your skin is being nourished and hydrated. It’s one of the most zen things I can do in 15-20 minutes (plus you can still check social media while you relax :P). The best part is that there are masks for every skin type/concern (including oily skinned acne-prone people like me!), and a ton are incredibly affordable! My frugal advice here: order multiples on Amazon or eBay instead of going to Sephora or Ulta where a single mask could run you $4-5. Here are some variety packs on Amazon that come out to around $1 per mask or even less! (The Innisfree ones are always HIGHLY recommended) Dermal Korea Masks, TONYMOLY I’m Real Mask Sheet Pack, Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Sheet Set
Related: Check out my post all about Freeman beauty clay masks here!
I know that laundry sounds like a chore and not your idea of self-care, but hear me out. 1 load, just sheets. If you’re like me, you may not remember the last time you washed your sheets and they could probably use it. Throw them in and forget it, maybe throw on a sheet mask while you wait for them to finish, and BOOM. Clean, fresh sheets that will have you feeling so pampered. You could even throw some fabric softener in there for a smell-good factor.
Eat a healthy snack
Yes, I did say healthy. I’m a huge fan of fancy chocolate bars, but when it comes to self-care I want to reach for something that makes me feel good inside. With stuff like hummus and carrots (or pita chips), pears, or even a green smoothie, I feel like I’m nourishing my body and thanking it for getting me around every day. Weirdly enough, healthy snacking makes me feel like I’m rewarding my body, but in a way that won’t make me feel guilty at all.
Read a personal development book
This can be relaxing because you’re reading a book, but it can also be motivating or meditational depending on the kind of book you choose. This is a habit I need to follow more myself, especially since my “word” of 2017 is Grow. Maybe you use your reading time to read a book about a new skill you want to learn (don’t stress yourself out about it too much!), about how to develop deeper personal relationships, or how to move up in your career. You’ll be able to see physically how much you’ve accomplished when you finish the book, and it will be rewarding knowing that it was time you spent on something productive! Even if you tackle it a page or a few at a time, starting is the hardest part.
This is semi-related to the last point, but writing is just as important as reading. I never thought of myself as a “journaling person” or even kept one, until more recently. Get a notebook you love, and just start writing. You don’t even have to do it every day, or even every week. Maybe you just break it out when you feel emotional or sad, but it can help at just getting thoughts out of your brain. It can be as little or as much as you want, even if it’s a doodle journal!
You might say to yourself “well I’m not creative/artistic/a painter/etc”. I have always said that to myself: “well I can’t paint or draw”. About a year ago I discovered a YouTube channel called The Art Sherpa and it CHANGED ME. It’s led by a wonderful lady named Cinnamon, and she leads you through a painting one step at a time, kind of like the wine and paint parties you see. She knows that everyone is different, and that everyone is capable of making a beautiful painting. I seriously cannot recommend her channel enough, even if you grab some craft paint and some cheap canvas board, try it! She’s on YouTube at: The Art Sherpa
Have a motivational pinning spree
Pinterest has so much content, and a ton of it is motivating content! Search “motivational quote” and see what all you find. Create a board and pin the ones that speak to you! This can do wonders at resetting your mood if you’ve had a rough day or week, and bring you into an uplifting mindset to continue on. I post Motivational Mondays on Instagram every week, and I have a board specifically for quotes on Pinterest here!
Do some light yoga or meditation
You don’t have to leave your house or go to a class. Get on YouTube and search for “morning yoga” or “evening yoga” or whatever your yoga needs are. I guarantee there’s a yogi out there that has made a quick session that you can follow along to. Set yourself a period of time and focus only on what you’re doing, even if you are just sitting on the floor and stretching. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or cute or instagram-worthy, just do you.
There you have it, 8 things that you can do when you might need a little pick-me-up. The best part is, they’re relatively easy and anybody can do them! I hope you find these useful, and if you want more ideas maybe I can write up a part 2! Don’t forget to share or pin this if you think others will find it useful as well 🙂